Posts Tagged ‘scrapbook tools’

Forever Yours

November 11, 2009
Forever Yours

Materials:

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks (Archival Safe)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Inkpad
  • ZIG Writers Markers (Black)

Materials:

  • 8 ½ by 11 Black Cardstock
  • 8 ½ by 11 Pink Patterned Paper
  • 8 ½ by 11 Black & White Patterned Paper
  • Two Matte-Sized Black & White Patterned Paper
  • Scrap Sheet White Paper
  • Scrap Sheet Pink Paper
  • A favorite picture!

Embellishments:

  • Chipboard Letters
  • Butterfly Stamps, two sizes (K&Company)
  • Pink Gemstones

Directions:

  1. Cut off ¼ inch off the edge of the pink patterned paper, once horizontally and once vertically.
  2. Use black inkpad to ink the edges of the pink patterned paper (rub inkpad gently around edges of pink patterned paper to give it an antique look).
  3. Glue the pink patterned paper onto the solid black cardstock, centered.
  4. Cut 8 ½ x 11 black and white patterned paper in half, vertically.
  5. Glue black and white patterned paper half to the right-hand side.
  6. Choose one matte-sized paper and glue horizontally to bottom left-hand side of layout.
  7. Glue picture of your choosing on solid black matte.
  8. Glue matted picture to center of the layout.
  9. Pick chipboard letter and trace it unto scrap pink paper. Cut it out.
  10. Glue letter onto bottom left corner of photo.
  11. Use black ZIG Writer to color the rubber portion your butterfly stamp (both sized stamps)
  12. Stamp both of your scrap white & pink sheets of paper with both sized butterfly stamps.
  13. Cut out butterflies from paper.
  14. Large white & large Pink butterfly, hot-glue pink gemstone.
  15. Hot-glue all four butterflies wherever you want to put them.
  16. Admire Your Hard Work!

Top 10 Money Saving Scrap Tips!

January 3, 2009
10. Do not impulse shop! If you are like me, once you see something that you “absolutely need” you get the urge to buy it immediately. My best tip is to be patient and wait. Often times something you think you need, you might not even use. Purchase only the necessary tools and supplies needed to complete the project(s) you are working on in the moment, everything else should be placed as secondary. Keep those things on a separate list and if they are still “needed” at the end of the month, then go back and purchase them. (Also keep in mind that scrapbooking trends are constantly changing and something you bought last month might not be of any use this month.)
9. Recycle Your Chipboard. Buy a sheet, or pack, of chipboard accents, punch them out, use and re-use them. Instead of using them once, use them as stencils to use over and over again. (Stencils in general are more time consuming to use, but save you tons of money!)
8. Become Friendly at Your Scrap Shops. Ask your local scrapbook store if they give out frequent shopper cards. This is a great way to earn points (and get goodies in return) for all of the money you spend. Often times the more you shop at a store, the more perks you will recieve.
7. Buy the “stack”. Purchase your patterned paper in “Stacks” (from brands, such as DCWV). These stacks come with over 60 sheets of 12″x12″ or 8 1/2″x11″ paper with various patterns and designs and are usually on sale at Jo-Anne Fabrics for less than $10. (Stacks are a great product for people who scrapbook often and use lots of paper. The only downfall is if you don’t use the paper often they will eventually become outdated and might never be used.)
6. Be a bargain shopper. Wake up early on a Saturday morning and hit the garage sales! Search for storage containers, little plastic and glass jars, and paper trays. This is  a great way to build your scrapbook storage area or expand on your already built scrapbook studio.
5. Utilize the Web. Instead of purchasing a magazine subscription or buying scrapbook idea books search the web for layout ideas, scrapbook tips, and info on the layest trends. My favorite sites to search are www.scrapbook.com and www.twopeasinabucket.com. (Search through different blogs daily to get a frequent dose of inspiration!) Another great place to search is your local library system. You can check out the books for free and keep them for at least 30 days, which gives you just enough time to find the ideas you like and put them into action! Bookmark my site and check it daily for some quick info on the latest trends, ideas, and layout designs.
4. Schedule a Scrap Swap! Gather all of your unused products and supplies and meet up with your fellow scrappers. Trade your stuff for other products and supplies that your friends no longer want. Most often you’ll find that what others consider trash you consider treasure!
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt. Search your house for embellishments. You’ll be surprised how much stuff you can find around the house that can be utilized in your layouts, such as bobby bins, a stapler with staples, paper clips, old hair clips, yarn, bottle caps, thread, old buttons, and so much more. Be creative and incorporate the things you already own. Most of your basic scrapbook tools are things you probably already have hanging around the house, such as scissors and adhesives.
2. Scan the dollar section! Check your local Target and Dollar stores for great $1 deals. The dollar section is usually located at the entrance of most Target stores and is jam-packed with scrapping goodies. Although these products are not always of the best quality, considering thier price they’re a steal! I constantly find myself stacking up on cute ribbons, stamps, stickers, and papers because with each new season comes new goodies…so shop often!
 1. Clip some Coupons. Take advantage of the Sunday morning paper by clipping out the coupons from the Jo-Anne Fabrics and Michael’s ads. These stores have great deals on scrapbooking products year round! (Check my sight regularly for weekly links to these great coupons.)

Kick off the new year just right!

December 30, 2008

For all of you newbie scrappers out there, I have compiled a “Beginners Kit” that contains all of the must-have tools and supplies every scrapper needs to get started. Of course this list will contain only the most affordable products, because trust me scrapping can get expensive!

Must Have Tools:

1. Photo Safe Adhesives (archival quality only)

2. Pigment Pens and Markers

3. Small sharp scissors

4. Paper Trimmer

5. Solid Colored Cardstock (sizes 12×12 and 8 1/2×11)

6. Patterned Paper (of your choice)

7. Embellishments (stickers, rub-ons, brads, flowers, ribbons, etc;)

8. Scrapbook Album

 

Optional Goodies:

1. Ink Pad

2. Chipboard Letters and Cutouts

3. Craft Knife

4. Cutting Mat

5. Punches

6. Paints and Chalks

7. Decorative Scissors

8. Stamps

These basic tools and supplies should be enough to get you started, but are only a few of the many wonderful products that scrapping has to offer. All of these items can be found at your local Walmart, Michaels, Target, or Jo-Anne Fabrics store. (Helpful Hint: Register your e-mail and personal information on the Michaels and Jo-Anne Fabrics websites and recieve free monthly coupons.)

 Once you have you’ve compiled your “Beginners Kit” it is time to get organized. Gather together all of your photos and separate them into several piles according to the event and time in which they took place. Once you have completed this step jot down as many notes as possible about each of your photos. This can be completed in several ways.

Create a photo log using a simple word document which contains the date, location, and theme (birthday, anniversary, celebrations, holidays, seasons, and/or vacation) of the event that is taking  place in each of your pictures. List all of the names of the people in the picture and explain what is going on as best as possible. If you prefer a more simple solution I suggest using sticky notes or index cards to jot down this info.

Once you have compiled all of this information and your photos have been sorted into chronological piles, find an archival-quality (acid and lignin-free) photo storage container to put all of your photos. (Helpful Hint: If you decide to use a plastic storage device only use plastic containers that are specially labeled for photo storage.) Separate them with an index card listed in a way that you prefer: whether it be by the year, month, theme or event.

 

Now that you’re ready to scrap, it’s time to get that creative energy flowing. Create a scrapbook journal/idea book that contains sample page layouts, titles, color combinations, quotes, magazine clippings, and any other forms of inspiration. Map out  and sketch your layouts before you begin scrapping, this will save you lots of energy and give you more quality scrapping time! Writing, drafting, and doodling in your journal is simple and fun. The best part is it can be done during a lunch break, while your kids are napping, or when you have a little free time.

Constantly search for ideas, techniques, and products in magazines, blogs, and websites; this will allow your creativity to expand and grow. (Helpful Hint: Instead of purchasing the latest scrapping books, I check them out from the public library for free!)  Once you begin this process you will find that your scrapping time will be more efficient and productive.

Follow the “Beginner Kit” and you’ll be on your way to becoming a frequent scrapper! Good luck and good scrapping!!!